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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:35 am

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Arneb wrote:For a moment, let's go to the original question: What sports team do you support?

Here's a tool to find out whom to support during the football World Cup, if your team isn't qualified (IIRC, mine is the only team going). It took a bit of fiddling before they allowed me to support Germany, but tell me where it gets you:
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/world-cup-quiz/


I got Germany also, just answering the questions honestly.

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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:39 am

Lianachan wrote:I got Tunisia, who I'd already intended to support for one match anyway.

In 2006, my parents got tickets for two first-round matches in the Olympic Stadium of Berlin. My father invited me to Sweden-Praguay, which was reasonably fun (late decider by the Swedes after a hard-fought goalless ninety minutes). Then they both went to watch the goalless draw between Tunisia and Ukraine, which must have been quite the ordeal
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Lianachan » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:44 am

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Lianachan wrote:I got Tunisia, who I'd already intended to support for one match anyway.

In 2006, my parents got tickets for two first-round matches in the Olympic Stadium of Berlin. My father invited me to Sweden-Praguay, which was reasonably fun (late decider by the Swedes after a hard-fought goalless ninety minutes). Then they both went to watch the goalless draw between Tunisia and Ukraine, which must have been quite the ordeal

The only World Cup match I was ever at was Brazil v Morocco group game at Nantes in 1998. Was excellent to see some of the great Brazil players, such as the proper Ronaldo (as opposed to that diving Portuguese ponce).

Under normal circumstances I'd be unlikely to support Tunisia in any match, but there are extenuating circumstances for one fixture in this World Cup.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:03 am

And I guess they gave you Tunisia becuae their game is, umm, very physical, right?

Oh yeah, the real Ronaldo. The guy who shattered Germany's attempt at greatness in '02 after we had reached the Final having beaten giants like Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, Paraguay, the USA and South Korea, and not having beaten Ireland. He was cruel, with his babyish smile and rabbit-like front teeth.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Мастер » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:20 am

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Arneb wrote:For a moment, let's go to the original question: What sports team do you support?

Here's a tool to find out whom to support during the football World Cup, if your team isn't qualified (IIRC, mine is the only team going). It took a bit of fiddling before they allowed me to support Germany, but tell me where it gets you:
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/world-cup-quiz/


I got Germany also, just answering the questions honestly.

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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:27 am

Costa Rica.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Мастер » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:42 am

Is anyone going? Supposedly visa-free access for all nationalities for about six weeks.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:43 am

No plans to, though Russia is on the list of places to visit.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Lianachan » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:47 am

No plans to. I have neither the time nor the money. Nor, for that matter, sufficient interest.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Мастер » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:09 am

Heid the Ba wrote:No plans to, though Russia is on the list of places to visit.


The visa is normally a royal pain in the arse (for me as well!), so here’s an opportunity to avoid that unpleasantness.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:17 am

But the major cities will be full of other unpleasantness.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Lianachan » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:28 am

Heid the Ba wrote:But the major cities will be full of other unpleasantness.


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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Lance » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:33 pm

I got Germany too. How come none of the questions had an [I Don't Care] button?
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby MM_Dandy » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:26 pm

I got Costa Rica, as well. My guess is that the tipping point is the Goal! versus ¡Gooooooooooooool! I was hoping it was a level-of-head-explodieness instead of an English versus Spanish thing. I haven't watched enough soccer to know if there are any English-speaking announcer equivalent to Gus Johnson (Edit: I just found out that he will be calling select World Cup games for Fox Sports here in the US! - here's a call of his from an FA Cup match)

Australia and Panama also had the same number of matches, but in the end, I'll probably cheer on any of the Central American teams.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:37 pm

Lance wrote:I got Germany too. How come none of the questions had an [I Don't Care] button?

fivethirtyeight.com is geek site, remember? Why sholuld anyone not caring take their statistics-based quiz :roll:
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Lance » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:27 pm

Arneb wrote:fivethirtyeight.com is geek site, remember? Why sholuld anyone not caring take their statistics-based quiz :roll:

Well, why did _I_ take it? Determine that answer to that and you will have the answer to your question.

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HINT: I have no idea why I took it.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Lianachan » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:25 am

Heid and Lianachan go head to head this weekend, as I Can't Believe It's Not Rangers host Ross County.

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Comfortable home win.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:47 am

On the evidence of the last two games it should be a comfortable home win, on the basis of the two before that more like an away win.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:01 pm

Lance wrote:
Arneb wrote:fivethirtyeight.com is geek site, remember? Why sholuld anyone not caring take their statistics-based quiz :roll:

Well, why did _I_ take it? Determine that answer to that and you will have the answer to your question.

HINT: I have no idea why I took it.


Must have been my engaging and persuasive posting style and general personality.

Meanwhile, Hertha's abominable European tour of 2017 comse to a tottering close with a bloodless 1 - 1 against Östersunds BK, of Swedish fame. Östersund win the group, Hertha add being one of the first two German teams (with Hoffenheim) to finish last in a Euroleague group to their long list of ignominies.

This makes our count look rather artfully balanced:
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:03 pm

Artful balance is the only reason Hertha drew . . .
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:20 pm

Well that wasn’t entirely unexpected. Ross Chuffing County are a goal up.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:56 pm

SpVgg Greuther Fürth 1 - 0 FC Heidenheim

A rare treat for us. Still in a relegation place (17th) but within striking distance of the teams above.

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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:18 pm

A curate’s egg at the ‘brox.

Rangers 2- 1 Ross County

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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:25 pm

Well done Fuerth, depending on the weather I may not be able to watch Hertha tomorrow. If it’s snowing I’m hunkering down and I’ll see it all, if clear I’m off to Dumfries and might just catch the last half hour.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:50 pm

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